Excellent Web Typography

I meant to post a link to the I Love Typography post, 15 Excellent Examples of Web Typography, back when it first came out, but better late than never. The list is a pretty good representation of websites using fantastic typography. One notable missing site though was Subtraction, it really should have been on the list. I wrote about how much I liked the site over a year ago.

To followup on part one of the series, the second part takes a close-up look at the A List Apart website. The article is a little on the short side, but it does highlight some nice details of the website.

Managing fonts with FontExplorer X

Somehow I completely missed this article when it came out. It has lots of good general tips about OS X font management and Font Explorer X.

Office 2008 Will Follow Some Mac Standards

Honestly, this is probably one of the first really good things that I’ve heard about Office 2008 for Macs. The MacBU team has just announced on Mac Mojo that the Office update will now come in a package file and use Apple’s Installer.

I am happy to announce that Office 2008 for Mac will use the Apple-recommended Apple Installer technology for Office 2008 installation. This means that the data that Office installs will ship on the disc in .pkg format, installs will work well with Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) and will be Applescript-able. Once installed, the user has the freedom to move the Office folder to a different location on the system and Office will run from there. I hope that this will make Office for Mac configuration/deployment easier for IT admins.

You can read more about installers and Apple’s recommendations for them on Apple Developer Connection . Being able to easily deploy Office through ARD is great news for IT people.

My favorite piece of news though is about fonts (emphasis added):

In addition to the change to the Apple Installer, we’ve provided IT admins greater ability to customize their deployment with optional font installations.

The current practice for Office on Macs is to automatically copy a gazillion Microsoft True Type fonts into a user’s font directory the first time they open an Office application. This behavior is truly obnoxious, especially if you already have a ton of fonts that you are trying to manage. It’s also wrong. If those fonts are actually needed for everybody for that application, they should really be put into /Library/Fonts/ at the time of the installation.

I don’t have a lot of good things to say about Microsoft these days, but I am at least happy that their Mac team is taking steps to create a better “Mac Application.”

Via Daring Fireball.

A New Typeface for Road Signs

Last weekend the New York Times Magazine featured an article about the typeface that will eventually grace its presence on all of the highways in the US.

It’s a nice little article about the history of signage for the US Highways. The previous family of typefaces used by the Federal Highway Administration was known as Highway Gothic. The new typeface that’s slated to replace it is Clearview. The picture below shows the old Highway Gothic on the left and Clearview on the right.

Highway Sign in Clearview Type

Clearview was designed by Don Meeker and James Montalbano, with an eye for readability at 70mph. According to their studies, Clearview is quite successful.

In nighttime tests, Clearview showed a 16 percent improvement in recognition over Highway Gothic, meaning drivers traveling at 60 miles per hour would have an extra one to two seconds to make a decision.

That’s a lot of time on a highway.

Kohoi Vinh has posted about the article on Subtraction (one of the best designed blogs around):

Vinh has posted some really nice photos of the print version of the story. It’s a shame I missed the print version. The layout is quite nice. I might just have to go find myself a copy.

New Edition of FontBook

A new edition of FontBook has been released.

Fontbook Cover FontBook Sample Pages

I really would like a copy this. Hint, hint.

Khoi Vinh has a write-up about the book on Subtraction.

Via Daring Fireball.